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Feeding Wild Birds - Article Series


Feeding wild birds is a fascinating and fun hobby nearly anyone can enjoy. Southern States has a wide variety of bird feeders and seed blends to attract many different species of birds to your property and keep them coming back. Below we present the knowledge and advice you need to achieve the best results, including choosing the right seed and the right type of feeder, choosing the best location in your yard for the feeder, and even tips on avoiding bird predators and bird collisions with your windows. If you prefer hummingbirds to those that eat seeds, don't worry. They're here too.

Types of bird seed
If you've decided to start feeding birds at home, one of the first questions you may be asking is: “What should I feed them?”. The wide array of seeds, birdseed mixes and other choices can be bewildering. This article provides an overview of the many common feed types and what birds they attract. It's a good review for both beginning and veteran bird feeding enthusiasts.

Two cardinals enjoy a bird feeder on a snowy day.Choosing a bird feeder
Bird feeding can help benefit the local bird population and provide hours of enjoyment for homeowners. The first step in making your backyard a paradise for hungry birds is choosing the best type of feeder for you. This article provides an overview of the advantages of each type and will help you get started with your own backyard bird feeding program.

How to maintain a bird feeder
Bird feeders can benefit the local bird population, but without proper maintenance, they have the potential to do more harm than good. Cleanliness is key in preventing the spread of diseases. This article provides information on the best practices in bird feeder maintenance.

Best locations for a bird feeder
Finding the best spots for your bird feeders requires more consideration than you might think. This article includes recommendations on placement height, avoiding predators and other threats, preventing window collisions and how location can help limit squirrel feeding. Locate your feeders properly, and you'll have birds flocking to your backyard in no time.

Care and maintenance of hummingbird feeders
Once feeding hummingbirds becomes part of your backyard routine, it’s necessary to keep the feeders clean. Consider how difficult cleaning the various styles will be when choosing feeders for your yard. Clean feeders attract hummingbirds and ensure the sugar-water mix doesn’t grow mold and bacteria that could hurt them.

Best places to locate hummingbird feeders
With their miniature size and unique ability to hover in mid-air, hummingbirds are fascinating to watch. Many people hang feeders to attract the tiny birds. While hummingbirds usually find backyard feeders without any trouble, some places in your yard are better to hang them than others.

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